Press Release courtesy of Pepperdine Athletics.
The Pepperdine women’s volleyball team finished the home-stint with a 3-1 West Coast Conference victory over Saint Mary’s in Firestone Fieldhouse, collecting 25-18, 23-25, 25-20 and 25-19 set wins. Jasmine Gross led the Waves (11-6, 3-1 WCC) with a career-best 18 kills on a .484 output, while adding six blocks including two solo rejections over the Gaels (5-10, 1-4 WCC).
Hannah Frohling (Edmond, Okla./Edmond North HS) and Nikki Lyons(Fort Lauderdale, Fla./St. Thomas Aquinas HS) each also posted double-doubles with 16 kills, 11 digs and 11 kills, 12 digs respectively. Heidi Dyer(San Clemente, Calif./Saddleback Valley Christian HS) also marked a career-best 50 assists, while adding nine digs.
Jasmine Gross (Portland, Ore./Jesuit HS): 18 kills, .484 hitting percentage, 6 blocks (2 solo), 1 ace
Hannah Frohling: 16 kills, .256 hitting percentage, 11 idgs, 3 blocks, 1 ace, 20 serve receptions
Nikki Lyons: 11 kills, .267 hitting percentage, 12 digs, 1 ace, 15 serve receptions
Heidi Dyer: 50 assists, 9 digs, 1 ace, 2 blocks
Alli O’Harra (Boise, Idaho/Centennial HS): 8 kills, 4 blocks, 3 digs
Hana Lishman (Kailua, Hawai’i/Punahou School): 19 digs, 4 assists, 2 aces
Jaiden Farr (Peterson, Utah/Morgan HS): 6 digs, 23 serve receptions, 1 ace
Ashley Harris (Petaluma, Calif./Casa Grande HS/Arizona): 7 kills, .412 hitting percentage, 2 blocks
WAVES VS. GAELS
The Waves outperformed Saint Mary’[s in all categories, marking 61 kills on a .319 success rate, compared to the oppositions 54 smashes on a .230 clip. Pepperdine also posted 10.0 team blocks to SMC’s 7.0 and marked 58 assists, seven aces and 64 digs as opposed to the Gaels 50 assists, three aces and 54 digs.
PEPPERDINE ATTACK BY SET
Set K E TA Pct
1 15 1 29 .483
2 17 5 44 .273
3 15 6 38 .237
4 14 4 30 .333
TTL 61 16 141 .319
SAINT MARY’S ATTACK BY SET
Set K E TA Pct
1 13 5 31 .258
2 16 3 45 .289
3 13 5 40 .200
4 12 6 36 .167
TTL 54 19 152 .230
In the first set, Pepperdine took an early 5-1 lead and refused to let up from that point forward. The Waves continued to pound down on Gaels with a strong service from Frohling and smashes from Gross, Harris and Lyons for a 20-12 lead late in the set. A block collaboration from Frohling and O’Harra and a final pair of kills from Frohling helped the Waves to a 1-0 advantage on a 25-18 set win.
Saint Mary’s came out strong in the second set, amassing a 12-5 lead early and building upon that to a 21-15 advantage. Pepperdine was resilient, however, and a Lyons serving performance along with a O’Harra and Frohling attack front helped the home team tie things up 22-22. After a 23-23 tie, a block and a kill from the other side of the net gave the Gaels a 25-23 set win to tie the match 1-1.
Each side came out strong in the third, seeing back-and-forth action until a 9-9 tied score. Lyons then started the work with a smash and Gross continued with a pair of her own to help turn the tide. Blocks from Harris, O’Harra and Gross, Harris brought the Waves up to a 22-19 lead late in the set. An ace from Lyons, followed by a smash from Frohling and Pepperdine went ahead 2-1 on the day with a 25-20 set win.
In the fourth and final set, the Gaels pulled ahead 7-4 early on and continued to maintain a gap through the 17-14 mark. At that time a kill and solo block from Gross, followed by Dyer ace tied the set and the Waves used the momentum to put a 20-18 cushion over SMC. With a strong final service from Frohling, Gross marked another solo rejection and Harris closed the set with a 25-19 set-winning kill to earn the Waves a 3-1 WCC victory.
Next week, the Waves get back on the road for a trip up north. Pepperdine will challenge Gonzaga and Portland on October 5 and 7. All matches will stream live on TheW.tv.
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